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About Vanessa S.

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Palm Springs, CA
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About Vanessa
A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.

I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and
Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.

I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.

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What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!

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Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.
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So far Dr Vanessa is doing an excellent job, my daughter really enjoys learning with her.
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About Christian C.

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Downey, CA
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Christian C. is a guitarist native of Los Angeles. He began playing guitar for over twelve years and has been publicly performing in clubs and recital halls since the age of fifteen. Christian began studying music professionally at Fullerton Community College before receiving his BM from California State University Northridge for Classical Guitar Performance. He currently is attending the Thornton School of Music at USC where he will pursue his Master’s in Music. He has been teaching guitar for over five years and emphasizes fundamental music theory as applied to the guitar technique. His lessons are often energetic and playful without loosing focus of bringing out the inner musician of his students.
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Isador A. January 8, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
I really appreciated the very detailed start to my lessons. I call tell Mr. Christian is a quality teacher.
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Dong K L. December 15, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
He is a good teacher for kid. He is a good communicator and have a patience to young kid.
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Lauren B. August 6, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Last year, I had the opportunity to study with Christian at CSU Northridge. Christian is one of the finest musicians I have come across in the years that I have been playing music. Not only does he have impressive skills with the guitar, he also has knowledge in the history of the guitar and music theory. When he was studying at CSUN, I was able to have some lessons with Christian on a baroque piece that was giving me trouble. First, I'd like to mention how patient he was with me when I was frustrated and lost in the music. Also, I was surprised at how much he knew about the music as he explained what was going on in the piece and why. Oh... did I mention that I had some AWESOME results after ONE lesson??? Do yourself the favor and check this guy out!
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About Yuh-Jiun W.

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Baton Rouge, LA
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About Yuh-Jiun
-Bachelor of Music in Flute performance - University of California, Santa Barbara (2009-2013)

-Master of Music in Flute performance - Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, CSULB (2015-present)

Current Principle Flute of Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony.

Current Flute player in Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Quintet.

Current and past students include: principle flute of Diamond Bar High School Wind Ensemble, principle flute of Pacific Symphony of Youth Wind Ensemble, 1st flute of Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra.

I am a music teacher and musician in the Los Angeles area. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. I started my music education at the age of three; it started with clapping, rolling around on the floor, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. I was fascinated by the magic that music possesses; as Rimsky-K
orsakov unfold a tale of an enchanted land, with camel-riding merchants, bazaar, and princesses, without uttering a single word. I went on to learn a few instruments: xylophone, three different kinds of recorders, and then all this eventually led to flute.

I started studying flute at the age of 8, and it has been a delightful journey. In high school, I have participated in marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and symphonic orchestra. I was also part of two prestigious local youth orchestra, the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Claremont Young Musician Orchestra.

I obtained my Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance) degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. I grew immensely as a musician during my time in Santa Barbara, I studied under Jill Felber, and I was able to expand my repetoire and gain considerable experience. I even played at the local farmers market as a street performer during the weekends. After graduation , I traveled to my home country Taiwan to study another great musician - Anders Norell, the principal flutist/flautist of the Taiwan Philharmonic. It was another great opportunity as I was able to garner teaching experiences, as well as attending master classes of great flutist/flautist such as Emmanuel Pahud.

As a music teacher, I encourage and inspire. I am foremost a music lover, then flutist and flute teacher. I aspire to spread the abundance of joy and beauty that music has bring into my life. As the great conductor and cellist Pablo Casals puts it: "Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart". Therefore, whether if you are a wobbly toddler, high school marching band enthusiast (as I once was), house wife looking for a new hobby, full time employee who always had a love for classical music, or grandmother who is looking for something other than crochet, join me on this wonderful journey.

"The pursuit of music would provide you a life time of joy".
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Ken C. April 28, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I am a total flute beginner and she took her time to teach me.
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Arwen September 18, 2016
· Flute · In studio
She is very nice and have lots of patient! My daugher likes her lesson very much!
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Fei Xiang F. October 25, 2015
· Flute · Online
Yuh-Jiun was very patient and explained everything clearly. FeiXiang received great feedback and correction on hand position and note production.
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About Darren S.

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Boston, MA

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About Darren
Hi there! My name is Darren and I look forward to helping you accomplish your goals on the upright bass. I have been teaching since August 2016, but in that time I have helped train two high school students to win auditions into music colleges to pursue music performance and music education degree programs. I have also helped electric bass guitarists transition into playing classical upright bass. I went to Boston Conservatory and graduated with my masters degree, studying with Lawrence Wolfe, associate principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal bass of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Currently I am a professional freelance orchestral bassist in the Boston area, and I have previously performed with several major symphony orchestras in Connecticut including the Waterbury, Wallingford, and New Britain Symphony Orchestras.
Most of my students characterize me as a creative, patient, organized, friendly, and motivated teacher.
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Kalena June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Darren has been great to work with. He is highly motivated and passionate about teaching. I would highly recommend him.
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Emily June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Darren is enthusiastic and always looking for ways to "get through" to a student. He has a contagious passion.
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Ms. Turner January 24, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Darren has been a great instructor to my son Terrill. He's learning a lot and getting much better thanks to Darren. I wasn't sure how online sessions would work but they are going great. I'm glad I chose Darren.
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About Daniel K.

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New York, NY
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Daniel K. is available for in-studio (NYC and Long Island Locations), and online lessons! Daniel made his professional singing debut at 10 years old and his professional operatic debut at 19, and has been teaching privately for the last 13 years. Daniel has won many singing competitions, and has appeared on stage on 4 continents (so far) in concerts, opera, musical theater, rock, world music and new music.

Daniel teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate to advanced as well as artists that are out there working. Many student who have started with Daniel in High School have gone on to attend of some of the most prestigious schools in the country including The Julliard School, Indiana School of Music, Carnegie Mellon, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Peabody. They also have done very well, ma
ny attending All-State, All-Eastern, All-National Choruses, and placing in singing competitions.

Daniel is trained in standard singing teaching methods, however he has developed his own method of teaching to help his students rapidly achieve an elite level of singing. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician. He has made constant education and growth one of the priorities and continues to study privately and work with some of the worlds finest teachers and coaches.

In additions to Daniel’s teaching and singing careers, is the director of a music festival which produces several shows annually, in that time he has heard literally thousands of auditions. He brings this experience with him when teaching to help his students be as competitive as possible. Daniel received a Bachelors in Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Vocal Performance from University of Southern California and attended the Universita per Straineri di Perugia, Italy and Die Neue Schule, Berlin. He has won or been a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Los Angeles District, The Liederkranz Competitions, Violetta Du Pont Competition, Vienna Kammeroper International Competition, Los Angeles County Artist of the Future and the National Association of the Teachers of Singing Young Artist Competition in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible. Daniel is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!
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Ling L. March 28, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Daniel has a lot of experience in different languages. He helped me to learn fast in singing a song. Also, he is interesting and knows a lot more about the topic related the real world.
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Julia Shugar March 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
Daniel has been working with my daughter for years and since he came into her life her talent has reached a new level. Daniel is very professional and responsible.
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About Grey W.

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Hesperia, CA
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Hi there! My name is Grey. I grew up in the Lawrence Welk era. I started teaching for Milton Mann Accordion Studios, in 1975. I received a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Music from Cal State San Bernardino, Ca. I have played in weddings and mostly non-profit organizations, especially at Christmas time. I love Christmas carols, Classical, Jazz, Polkas, and standard tunes. I enjoy most genres. I am looking forward to meeting you and getting started playing the accordion.
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Nancy July 26, 2017
· Accordion · Online
Grey hung in there even with all my connection problems. Then he taught me accordian information that I had been thinking about, but never knew the answer to before, because I have been out of the picture for so long. It was just the right timing from my 5 previous lessons. I am looking forward to my next lesson. I just need to get in enough practice time. My learning curve is in my hands now. Until the next lesson.
Thanks Grey
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Al August 24, 2016
· Accordion · In home
My name is Al Philipp, used to serve in ministry with Grey and what an awesome gift God has given him in music. Grey would play all kinds of music and my favorites were the old hymns and the contemporary Christian music, but when he broke out the polka music it would get your heart pumpin and your feet jumpin. Yes Grey is very good with the accordion with a great personality to go along with his teaching ability. I highly recommend Grey if you are wanting to learn this instrument.
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Jim April 28, 2016
· Accordion · In home
Grey is an amazing player. His patience and hands-on approach to teaching and learning make him an ideal instructor for the novice and those who just need a refresher.
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About Emily M.

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Des Moines, IA
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I will be graduating from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Cello Performance in December. My goal is to establish my own private studio of cello, piano, and violin students. I have been playing cello for 13 years. My favorite part about teaching is watching students master a technique or conquer a difficult section of a solo piece.
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Des Moines, IA 50311
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About Dan D.

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Azusa, CA

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I am a professional trombonist for the 300th Army Band stationed out of Bell, CA. Graduated from the Army School of Music in June 2011. I attended Citrus College from 2009-2013. While at Citrus College I performed with their jazz bands, pop rock bands, and latin bands. I am currently attend Azusa Pacific University pursuing my bachelor degree in trombone performance.
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About Victoria N.

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Urbandale, IA

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I started playing the clarinet in the 5th grade and have been playing for 18+ years. I enjoy sharing my passion for playing the clarinet and enjoy teaching and looking for ways to help someone learn. I specialize in scales, fundamentals and general study for beginners (all ages). I will have some intermediate level positions opening up this fall, I will update my profile once I am available to take on additional students.

I have performed with local (SEIBA), collegiate (Central College & University of Iowa), and state (Iowa) honor bands with the clarinet.

Lessons take place in my home office (in person or virtually); message me to see if this might be a fit for you.

Instagram account for my students: iowaclarinetist

Fun Facts:
* I have a rescue dog whose name was Princess in the shelter. I couldn't bare the thought of taking
her "title" away, so her full title is "Princess Molly of Merriam" - Call her Molly :)
* I also play the tuba, flute, marimba, valve trombone & piano
* I love home projects
* Did you watch my video? You'll see that I have worked with some pretty incredible accounts (work related, not music related)
* I took my passion for performing and let it help me pay for college!
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Jaeden September 19, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Victoria is a great instructor! She takes time going over things and offers many good suggestions for improving. She also makes up a plan for future lessons which is very helpful. Looking forward to more lessons with her!
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About Yaniv G.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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I am a professional and have been a violinist since 4.5 years old. I have performed in several European countries at a young age including Italy and Germany. I have participated in and won several competitions abroad and in the US in several states. I graduated from Columbus State University (GA) with an undergraduate degree in performance as well as an artist diploma. I then went on to earn my Masters degree from the University of Denver.

Violin students who come to study with me can expect to see weekly improvement as I focus on technique and musicianship to help improve your playing or get you started. I enjoy integrating fun into the lessons. I do like to integrate music theory and ear training as well.

I look forward to meeting and teaching you soon!
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Nelli September 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Yaniv is a very patient and caring teacher. As a wonderful performer, he has a lot to offer to students. Great with kids and adults as well!
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J. L. Guy September 19, 2017
· Violin · In home
A wonderful teacher! Highly recommended 😀
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Kate September 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Yaniv is a great teacher and always keeps it fun. He has really helped me with my bow technique! Very helpful and engaged as well.
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